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January 25, 2013

Vol. 30. No. 3

U.S. Navy Fire & Emergency Services (FES) Sigonella Fire Capt. Tom Tracy (center) instructs service members attached to U.S. Navy FES Sigonella during a Confined Space Rescue Course at Marinai Housing, January 14. (U.S. Navy photo by MC3 Cameron Bramham/Released)

NASSIG FES conducts rescue training by mc3 cameron bramham NAS Sigonella Public Affairs


.S. Navy Fire & Emergency Services (FES) Sigonella firefighters participated in a Confined Space Rescue (CSR) Course at Marinai Housing from January 7-17. As defined by the National Fire Protection Association, a confined space is any work location or enclosure (i.e. tanks, vessels, silos, storage bins, hoppers, vaults, wells, crawl spaces and pits) in which the dimensions are such that a six foot tall person cannot fully stand up. FES participation in the CSR Course included a simulated rescue of a victim trapped in a deep well. “Utilizing a 200 pound mannequin, we simulated that a worker had become trapped as a result of an earthquake, during at which time the fire department was called,” said Shane Rayfield, FES Sigonella Training Assistant Fire Chief. FES Sigonella assembled at the scene rapidly

assessing the situation, and were able to utilize their confined space rescue skills.” Twenty-six personnel within the FES Sigonella Department, along with members from NAS Sigonella Public Works and Base Safety took part in the course. Two Italian Air Force 41st Stormo personnel were also invited to train during the course. Upon successful completion of the CSR Course, members received CSR Pro Board Certifications, which will enable FES Sigonella to stand up a fully functional CSR Team. “The preparation for this type of rescue is very extensive as it requires special technical knowledge in confined space entry and rescue and practical rope rescue systems,” said Rayfield. “The success of this course is reassuring to know that the lives and properties of the Sigonella community are in good hands when or if a true

emergency occurs in regards to a confined space rescue incident.” "FES Sigonella firefighters know that this and other types of technical rescue scenarios require three big factors: specialized personnel, training, and equipment,” Rayfield said. “This is also known as the Hazard Curve Paradox. A compromise of any of these big three in this paradox may compromise the mission further injuring victims and rescue team members.” The overall goal of the drill and any CSR is to remove any victim from a hazardous predicament as quickly as possible without causing further injury as well as assuring maximum safety to rescue personnel. “This has been a great couple weeks for our guys,” Rayfield said. “I know they are ready now, if a situation like this should ever occur at [NAS] Sigonella.”


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Special guest visits NASSIG

Volcano activity

Family Fitness

VADM Pandolfe visits Patrol Squadron FOUR

Strombolian activity on Etna’s Bocca Nova

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THE SIGNATURE U.S. NAVAL AIR STATION SIGONELLA Commanding Officer Capt. Scott Butler Executive Officer Cmdr. Eric Vosler Command Master Chief CMDCM David Graham

EDITORIAL Public Affairs Officer Lt. Tim Page Communtiy Relations Officer Dott. Alberto Lunetta Editor Jackie Trembath Staff Writers/Photographers MR1 Gary Spence GM2 Meghan Schnurr MC3 Cameron Bramham CONTRIBUTING Writers/Photographers Brandon Donalson MCSA Devin Menhardt Lt.j.g. Dustin Wilmoth

CONTACT US Naval Air Station Sigonella, Sicily DSN 624-5440; 095-86-5440 PSC 812 Box 3020, FPO, AE 09627


January 25, 2013

Direct Line

NAS Sigonella Commanding Officer, Capt. Scott Butler I would like to start by congratulating Mr. Shawn McCarthy and his group of 8th grade students who were able to travel to Washington D.C. and view some of our nation’s most historic monuments while being a part of the 2013 Presidential Inauguration. Your parents were rightfully proud as they watched you, along with First Lady Michelle Obama, lead the Pledge of Allegiance during the Kid’s Inaugural Concert. We, too, are proud of the way you all represented the Base, the Navy, and military children everywhere – way to go!! Many world-class organizations use mottos to help simplify a set of complex standards and missions into something simple and real that the whole organization can embrace. VADM William French, Commander Navy Installations Command (CNIC), the Navy leader to whom Naval Air Station (NAS) Sigonella ultimately reports, has the vision ‘to be the sole provider of shore capability, to sustain the fleet, enable the fighter, and support the family’. This simple phrase identifies the groups which Navy installations support and gives us all a clearly- defined mission — it reflects a system which allows us to prioritize our efforts. I am absolutely convinced that, as the “Hub of the Med,” NAS Sigonella executes VADM French’s vision in a world class fashion; however, I feel just as strongly that the motto could be ‘Supporting the Family, Fighter and Fleet’. As most recognize, the ‘support the family’ provides

a service member can make or break that service member and certainly affects performance at the job. Strong family support helps ensure a service member remains focused at work and that means the fleet, and the fighter, will get the critical supplies and services faster and with less risk of distractions. Conversely, issues at home may translate to a distracted service member who then underperforms at work, hurting his or her career and potentially putting other lives at risk due to the nature of our profession. As most of you know by now, my family is a priority in my life, and it is the reason behind the 96-hour liberties that I have granted during holidays. Serving our nation as members of the Navy means nearly all of us will be away from our families at some point, whether on deployment or individual augmentee. While on shore duty, however, I want to give each and every one of us the chance to strengthen our ties at home, invest time in our loved ones, and create that support network that truly drives our Navy from behind the scenes. I highly encourage that you take every chance you get to spend quality time with your family – whether that means playing sports, traveling locally or abroad, or just developing and deepening common interests. Time spent with family is always time well-spent. For those single service members who live and work at NAS Sigonella, I would encourage you to proactively build your own “extended family” here through friendships. When you get

right down to it, a family is simply a group of people who love and support each other through thick and thin. I know that I have relied on good friends throughout my career to support me during difficult times – and I feel confident that you can find that same type of support network here. Sometimes the stress of working overseas may take its toll on you and your family, overwhelming even the strongest of support networks. During these times, I’d ask you to remember that we have a great group of Navy Chaplains and a full support team at Fleet and Family Support Center who are ready and willing to help you and your family at such times. These professionals are committed to assisting everyone in the Sigonella Community to cope with the rough waters that will, invariably, strike each of us from time to time. To all of the family members at NAS Sigonella: I want to personally thank you for the sacrifices you make to ensure this base is one of the best in the entire Navy. Your efforts in supporting our wonderful service members are greatly appreciated, invaluable, and I know the successes we will experience in 2013 will be the direct result of your hard work behind the scenes.

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What’s Happening Around NAS Sigonella

Commander, U.S. SIXTH Fleet NASSIG celebrates National Popcorn Day visits Patrol Squadron FOUR

Sgt. Dan Scelfo (right), attached to Special Marine Air Ground Task Force 13.2 joins Morale, Welfare, and Recreation Lead Recreational Assistant Jennifer Topolski at Take 5 aboard Naval Air Station Sigonella for the base’s celebration of National Popcorn Day which took place on January 19 this year in the U.S. According to Americans eat about 16 billion quarts (4 billion gallons) a year, making popcorn one of the most popular snacks for Americans. (U.S. Navy photo by MC3 Cameron Bramham)

Italian women's basketball team visits NAS Sigonella

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OTHER SERVICES/ACTIVITIES LATTER-DAY SAINTS Sunday at 3 p.m. (NAS I Chapel) Contact: or 624-9049

CHURCH OF CHRIST LAY SERVICE Noon Bible Study (NAS 1) 12:30 p.m. Worship Service Contact Virgil Strobridge at 624-4779 or Reginald McNeil at 335-578-8519 ■ AA Meetings: Monday, NAS I at 5:30 p.m. and Wednesday, NAS II at 11:30 a.m. Contact: 346-840-7745

Chapel Offices: NAS I 095-56-3975, NAS II 095-86-9049, DSN: 624-3975, CHAPLAIN DUTY: 335-831-4493 RP DUTY: 335-786-1950

Vice Admiral Frank C. Pandolfe (left) says farewell to VP-4 Commanding Officer, CDR Brent Strong, after a successful tour of the P-3C Orion on Naval Air Station Sigonella. (U.S. Navy photo by MCSA Devin Menhardt)

BY LTJG Dustin Wilmoth Patrol Squadron FOUR On January 11, Patrol Squadron FOUR (VP-4) welcomed Vice Admiral Frank C. Pandolfe, Commander, U.S. SIXTH Fleet, at the squadron's main deployment site on Naval Air Station (NAS) Sigonella. VADM Pandolfe oversees approximately 40 ships, 175 aircraft, and 21,000 personnel, which comprise the major operational component of Naval Forces Europe and Naval Forces Africa. VADM Pandolfe was given a tour of the Partial Aircrew Trainer (PACT-3) simulator at the Commander Task Force 67 (CTF-67) Tactical Operations Center. The PACT-3 simulator is used to train combat aircrews for anti-submarine warfare (ASW) missions and ensures each aircrew maintains a high level of ASW readiness on deployment. VADM Pandolfe also visited with CTF-67 staff and recognized several of their Sailors during an awards ceremony. During his tour of the P-3C Orion, he was briefed on the specific capabilities of each crew station within the P-3C and was provided a data transfer demonstration between the aircraft and his personal email account. The P-3C Orion is a maritime patrol and reconnaissance aircraft with a wide range of mission capabilities ranging from overland intelligence gathering to maritime drug traffic interdiction. “With recent upgrades to the P-3C we're able to provide critical updates in near real-time, giving a fleet commander like VADM Pandolfe the information he needs to make time-critical decisions in his strategically important AOR. The Admiral's visit was a unique opportunity to provide him with a demonstration of how our new capabilities enhance the way we collect and distribute this vital information.” said pilot Lt. Isaiah Gammache. At the completion of his tour on NAS Sigonella, VADM Pandolfe went to the Augusta Bay port facility to tour the surface ships associated with Commander Task Force 65.

The Italian women’s basketball team Trogylos Priolo stopped by Naval Air Station Sigonella to pay a visit to local basketball enthusiasts. The kids were treated to all-star challenge drills where team members worked individually with the kids to teach skills and techniques. The adults were then challenged to a friendly pick-up game but were hard pressed to get a shot due to the expert defense and superior height advantage of the women’s team. (Photo by Brandon Donalson)

SEXUAL ASSAULT VICTIM ADVOCATE HOTLINES Sigonella SAPR VA Hotline: 335-642-8312. DoD Safe Helpline: 001-877-995-5247 (From cell phones and off-base telephones) Or: 19020 (toll-free access code) 1-877-995-5247 (From DSN lines)

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Monday 28

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Youth Boot Camp 3 - 5 p.m. NAS I Fit District

Family Night Out 5 - 8 p.m. Sparetime bowling

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Sunday 27

Racquetball Tournament

ITT Pizza on Mt. Etna in Nicolosi


3 Weekend Dance Party 10 p.m. at Jox

Family Night Out 5 - 8 p.m. Sparetime bowling Weekend Dance Party 10 p.m. at Jox

Bible Study NAS II Chapel 7 p.m. 2 for 1 Bowling Sparetime bowling


$1 bowling and shoe rental Sparetime bowling



Youth Boot Camp 3 - 5 p.m. NAS I Fit District Bible Study NAS II Chapel 7 p.m.


Feedback Live 6:30 p.m. AFN Prime Atlantic, satellite decoder channel 20


Family Night Out 5 - 8 p.m. Sparetime bowling


Weekend Dance Party 10 p.m. at Jox


Weekend Dance Party 10 p.m. at Jox

2 for 1 Bowling Sparetime bowling


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from a friendly Rhinovirus one by lcdr josh arthur, md U.S. Naval Hospital Sigonella

Weekend Dance Party 10 p.m. at Jox

Step Afrika 6 p.m. at Knight’s Hall


An important message


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LCDR Josh Arthur, MD is an experienced pediatrician and parent, having taken care of his three children and yours since coming to Sigonella in 2010. Between newborn deliveries, a busy clinic, and exciting collateral duties at the hospital, he has found a unique way to meld his two passions - making education fun and playing rock music. To enjoy his informative articles, fun videos and catchy songs, please check out!

Hi! My name is Rhino Virus (you may know me as “cold virus." I don't really get why people call me that.). You probably meet me or one of my relatives several times each year; in fact, I'd guess that someone from my family is waiting for you in your kitchen right now! Anyway, I’m writing this article because I'm a bit frustrated with the negative media portrayal of viruses like myself; I want to thank the Signature for giving me an opportunity to set the record straight! First, I have nothing against you or your kids. You see, just like you, I'm trying to find a home to raise my family (just a few million viruses - and you seem to have plenty of room in that nose!). A lot of times you don't even notice that we're there. We just quietly replicate over hours to days; if we're lucky we'll somehow get onto your hand and get a free ride to one of your friends' mouths to set up a new residence. (I have to say, I am not a big fan of hand washing - you're happily living under a fingernail when “woosh!” - you find yourself floating in a sewer). We're cheerfully multiplying (destroying a few healthy cells along the way – oops) without making much trouble for anyone - then suddenly, along co-

mes your tyrannical immune system to generate tons of mucus and heat to flush us out (So in a sense, you could say that you're doing it to yourself. But then you blame me - thanks a lot!). Once your body gets to work, our numbers start to drop. You start becoming less contagious on the day that your symptoms peak – usually the first couple days of being sick. And just so you know, the color of the mucus doesn’t indicate anything about whether you have a bacteria or virus – just that your immune system is on the loose! Okay, I hope you don't mind if I brag a little. Americans spend $4 billion every year buying medications that claim to cure “cold symptoms.” Here’s a secret: they don't do very much (makes me feel pretty tough)! They are actually more likely to harm your child with side effects than to help them by decreasing symptoms. So I, Rhino Q Virus - recommend against them; I prefer that you keep your kids safe - more homes for me and my family! That being said, there are a few generally harmless interventions that may help kids feel better with minimal side effects. Vicks VapoRub, warm fluids, a little bit of honey (in kids over 1), a cool mist humidifier or gentle nasal

saline and suctioning are worth a try - if they don't work, no harm done. Really, the only thing that's going to get rid of me is your own immune response (the symptoms you recognize as a "cold" – i.e. mucus production, fever, body aches). I guess it seems reasonable to use Tylenol or Motrin if the fever is making your child miserable, but using them excessively to eradicate a fever may be like putting out a welcome mat – not that I mind! Anyway, I'm planning to move through your area this winter, so I wanted to introduce myself. If you'd like to meet me, make sure to avoid hand washing and spend quality time with some toddlers (especially the nose-pickers). To be honest, I try not to overstay my welcome. While you may feel miserable for 2-3 days (my apologies), usually from then on you'll be getting better; I should be gone altogether in 1-2 weeks (although I can’t guarantee one of my friends won’t stop by as soon as I leave!). You're less likely to have complications by getting rest, staying hydrated and visiting your friendly primary care manager (PCM) if you feel like things are getting concerning. And don't worry, I'm planning to visit your PCM this winter too!

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Heightened activity at Italy’s Stromboli volcano frightens residents, short-lived Strombolian activity ends on Etna. (Photo courtesy of

Heightened activity at Italy's Stromboli volcano frightens residents; short-lived Strombolian activity ends on Etna

ghout the morning the volcanic tremor amplitude remained elevated but started to show a diminution around noon. The Bocca Nuova, the largest of Etna’s four summit craters, showed first signs of coming back to life after a long quiescence at the end of August 2010 with a series of ash emissions, which were repeated more decisively in mid-June 2011. Finally, the first magmatic activity for 10 years occurred between 11 and 17 July 2011, with an episode of Strombolian and effusive activity on the crater floor, after which the Bocca Nuova reentered a state of quiescence for nearly one year. On 2 July 2012, vigorous Strombolian activity resumed, and after a few days was accompanied by the emission of small lava flows onto the crater floor. After going on continuously for two weeks, from 26 July 2012 on the activity took on an episodic character, with five episodes of which the latest, in the night of 10-11 August, was the most intense. A further episode, similar to those of July-August, occurred on 2-7 October 2012. The resumption of Strombolian activity at the Bocca Nuova was preceded, in the past three months, by rather low levels in the eruptive activity of Etna. However, the New Southeast Crater (NSEC) showed some signs of life between 22 November and early December 2012, with weak glows coming from the interior of the crater. These glows were due to the emission of high-temperature gas; visits carried out by INGV-OE staff and Etnean mountain guides disclosed the absence of Strombolian activity. The glows were most intense during the night of 1-2 December (see image below), and then rapidly diminished to reappear again on 24 December 2012. During the interval 25-27 December, the NSEC produced sporadic and weak emissions of ash, accompanied by a notable increase in gas emissions. Finally, on the evening of 3 January a strong glow was briefly observed at the NSEC, but due to cloud cover the phenomenon was not recorded by the surveillance cameras of the INGV-OE.

by AFP/INGV reports

Spectacular lava flows and smoke from an active volcano on the Italian island of Stromboli on Monday sparked fear among inhabitants but geophysicists said the situation was under control. Stromboli is part of the seven-island Eolian Archipelago just off Sicily in southern Italy. The volcano is active but on Monday there was a particularly powerful eruption and sustained lava flows, following four days of heightened activity. Stromboli mayor Marco Giorgianni told the island’s 500 inhabitants that they were not at risk and experts from Italy’s civil protection agency are due on the island for further controls shortly. “We are afraid,” one resident, Pier Paolo Cincotta, was quoted by the ANSA news agency as saying. “No one has really explained to us what the situation is and what we should do,” he said. Italy’s National Geophysics Institute is monitoring the situation. The famous volcano on the island of Stromboli has erupted as many as 23 times in recent days, with no sign of stopping, experts warned Monday. Seismic tremors ranging from medium to high levels began Sunday, according to vulcanologists and civil protection agencies monitoring the island north of Sicily. Lava has been flowing and experts are debating whether they will need to evacuate people living on the island, made famous in the classic 1950 Italian-American film Stromboli directed by Roberto Rossellini and starring Ingrid Bergman. Authorities who met in Messina said they are concerned that island residents living along the shoreline could be threatened by waves caused by the volcanic activity. Stromboli, part of the string of eight Aeolian Islands, has erupted very frequently in small, energetic bursts for centuries.

Etna: renewed Strombolian activity at the Bocca Nuova ends after few hours Strombolian activity occurred at Etna's Bocca Nuova on Monday and stopped on the early hours of Tuesday. The activity was not particularly strong. Three months after the latest episode of intracrater Strombolian and effusive activity of Etna's Bocca Nuova, this vigorous Strombolian activity started during the night of 9-10 January 2013. Starting around 23:00 GMT (=local time -1) on 9 January, the INGV-Osservatorio Etneo seismic surveillance network showed a rapid rise in the volcanic tremor amplitude, in particular at the "ECPN" (Etna Cratere del Piano) station, which among the currently functioning stations station is the one closest to Bocca Nuova. At 23:10 GMT, the high-sensitivity visual surveillance camera on the Montagnola (EMOH) recorded a first brief, and weak burst of incandescence coming from the eastern part of the crater. This was followed by others, which progressively became stronger and more frequent. From 02:50 GMT on, jets of incandescent lava fragments began to rise significantly higher than the crater rim, producing also small anomalies in images recorded by the thermal surveillance camera on the Montagnola (EMOT). The images show some of these jets, which between 04:00 and 05:30 GMT reached heights of 50-80 m above the crater rim. With daylight, the phenomenon was no longer visible via the surveillance cameras; however, throu-

Activity from the Bocca Nuova crater on Mt. Etna January 10, 2013. (Photo courtesy of

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Italy suspends activity at Benghazi consulate, withdraws staff (Reuters)

First names

English: Anthony English: Peter Italian: Antònio Italian: Piètro English: John English: Louis Italian: Giovànni Italian: Luìgi English: Paul English: Joseph Italian: Pàolo Italian: Giusèppe Have fun practicing your Italian! Buona Fortuna

Italy suspended activity at its consulate in Benghazi and withdrew staff for security reasons on Tuesday after a gun attack on its consul at the weekend which underlined the precarious security situation in the North African state. Unidentified gunmen opened fire on Guido De Sanctis's heavily armored car in Benghazi, Libya's second city, on Saturday. The diplomat was unhurt but the attack was a reminder of the September 11 attack on the U.S. mission there that killed the ambassador and three other Americans. The foreign ministry said "attempts to destabilize" Libya showed that the international community needed to intensify its support for the government in Tripoli.

Police bust alleged Somali migrant trafficking ring; suspects include Kenya Italian embassy and WFP employees (ANSA)

Rome- Police on Tuesday arrested 55 Somali nationals in connection with the alleged trafficking of migrants from the Horn of Africa to northern Europe via Italy. The suspects include Hussein Mohamed Abdurahman, known as 'Banje', a cultural mediator at the Italian embassy in Nairobi, Kenya, and Mohamed Sheik Ali Bashir, who works for the Rome-based United Nations' World Food Programme (WFP). They face various charges including assisting unlawful immigration, forgery of documents, illegal financial activities and money laundering. A further 23 people have been reported in connection with the alleged trafficking activities and businesses,

bank accounts, money transfer agencies and other assets thought to be linked to the criminal organisation are to be sequestered. The alleged trafficking ring had operational units in Kenya, Libya and Italy, where the illegal immigrants were supplied with false documents at logistical bases in Rome, Milan, Turin, Florence, Prato, Bergamo, Cuneo and Naples before being sent on to Netherlands, France, Denmark, Britain, Norway, Sweden and Finland. The organisation is believed to have had a turnover of 25 million euros a year.

Missoni pilot did not have credentials to fly plane, psycho-physical fitness papers not renewed (ANSA)

Rome - The pilot of the plane that disappeared off the coast of Venezuela this month with five other people aboard, including Italian fashion chief Vittorio Missoni, did not have the credentials to fly the aircraft, the Italian Agency for Air Safety (ANSV) said Tuesday. The agency, which is investigating the disappearance, said the 65-year-old pilot's psycho-physical fitness papers expired on November 30 and had not been renewed. ANSV also said that the company running the plane did not hold a proper certificate to act as an air operator. The agency added that this information, which had been passed on to it by the Venezuelan authorities probing the incident, "do not at the moment represent causal factors directly related to the dynamics of the event". Missoni, CEO of the company famed for its zigzag-patterned knitwear, was last seen boarding a plane at a resort in the Los Roques archipelago with his wife Maurizia Castiglioni and a couple of friends on January 4. They were en route for the capital Caracas. A co-pilot was also on board the plane. On Friday, Italian Foreign Minister Giulio Terzi said efforts to find the six people must continue "until some conclusive indication is found." The Los Roques area is notorious for plane crashes.In 2008 another small plane returning to the Venezuelan mainland from the archipelago disappeared with 14 people aboard, including eight Italians.

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NASSIG FES certifies Confined Space Rescue Team U.S.

Navy Fire & Emergency Services (FES) Sigonella firefighters participated in a Confined Space Rescue Course at Marinai Housing Complex January 14. This valuable training not only benefitted the U.S. Sailors attached to U.S. Navy Fire & Emergency Services (FES) Sigonella, but also the service and civilian members from Naval Air Station Sigonella Public Works, Base Safety, and Italian Air force 41st Stormo. The training was a great way for everyone who serves the community to come together as a group.

The U.S. FES Sigonella Department trained at Marinai utilizing one of the many storm drains. Once the training evolutions were completed, U.S. FES Sigonella certified twenty-six Confined Space Rescue Technicians. (Photos by MC3 Cameron Bramham/Released)

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Club Beyond offers fun and activities for NASSIG teens Military teens face a huge amount of uncertainty and stress in their lives in addition to the regular pressures of being a teenager. The military lifestyle provides teenagers with many benefits, but frequently moving, leaving friends and meeting new ones while having one or both parents deployed can be hard to handle. This is where Michael King and the Naval Air Station (NAS) Religious Ministry Department steps in with Club Beyond. Club Beyond offers a weekly event hosted every week for middle and high school students with the goal of having fun and introducing adults who are good role models into the lives of military teens. “Everyone is welcome and there is no fee to join,” King said. “There is also no weekly requirement to

come if they join. We would like the teens on base to want to show up, but we also want them not to feel like they are required to on a weekly basis.” A weekly club might consist of a few games, getting dirty or having a mystery food relay and videos. Club Beyond will also go on several trips throughout the year. “We just returned from Winter Blitz, where over 350 students from military bases all over Europe came for a week of fun, skiing and winter adventure,” King said. “We are also traveling to Adventure Camp in Durbuy, Belgium from April 9-13 which is for middle school students. Not to worry though, we will be having a trip for high school students from June 15-22 in Ostava, Czech Republic called Service Project.” Club Beyond meets every Tuesday in the Chart Room at Midtown Plaza on NAS I. Food and drinks are provided at all meetings and the middle school club meets from 2:30-4:30 p.m. with the high school club right after from 5:00-7 p.m. “Just look for our logo and you can’t miss it,” King said.

Interested in joining Club Beyond or want to volunteer? Contact Michael or Lindsay King at

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Calling all Career Minded Military & Civilian Spouses! Please join In Gear Career at the kick-off event on January 31, 2013, NAS I Midtown Compass Room from 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. In Gear Career is starting up a local Sigonella chapter. Refreshments, light appetizers, and mini cannoli will be provided. RSVP if possible by Monday, January 28 to Military spouses often find it difficult to seek, obtain, and sustain professional careers commensurate with their level of education and experience. In Gear Career is a nonprofit that was started by military spouses for military spouses, and operates on the principle that past and present military spouses will help each other find fulfilling employment, build community, expand professional networks, capture lessons learned and mentor each other towards meaningful careers. Vision: To improve the quality of life, morale and stability for military families by enabling military spouses to seek professional employment and maintain long term career paths despite the transient nature and demands of the military lifestyle. Mission: To promote and advance the employment, career development and networking opportunities for military spouses across all professional occupations by enabling the exchange of accurate, timely and topical information through local and online community building efforts and advocacy programs. For more information, visit


Family Fitness Center offers state-of-theart facility and programs

Here's what's happening

Looking to improve your family fitness program? Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) Sigonella has the facility and the programming for you. The Family Fitness Center, which opened July 2012, offers state-of-the-art equipment for the entire family. The focus of the facility is interactive family fitness. Located in the NAS I Fit District, it is especially designed for youth ages 8-12 years and their families. The Hoist fitness equipment is built for a smaller size person and is easy to use. Youth are encouraged to get their family fitness equipment orientation card, which enables them to understand how all the equipment works specifically for their bodies and be in the center safely. Parents are welcome to workout with their youth in the center as well. There is a glassed in toddler play area within sight to occupy little ones while mom, dad and older siblings get a good workout. Equipment includes Hoist circuit equipment, treadmills, ellipticals, bikes, dumbbells, Bosu and medicine balls. In addition, there are interactive fitness games on WII, PS3, XBOX and Dance Revolution to offer more fitness fun. Adult supervision is required for children eight and under. There are currently two programs that you can join - or simply work out on your own schedule with your family. The “Youth Boot Camp” in partnership with CYP teaches how to make healthy snacks, play a fitness game and program mini family workouts. This club meets on Wednesdays from 3 - 5 p.m. MWR fitness is also offering “Let’s Roll” which is targeted toward parents and their strollers, pregnant moms or anyone who is looking to ease back into a fitness program with beginning exercises. This club meets on Thursdays from 9 - 10 a.m. "I love being able to bring my daughter, Lily, with me to the gym to workout," said class participant Kathy Gilman. "It gets us out of the house and is very motivating. I feel like when Lily watches me workout I am setting a great healthy example for her." Alison Mollica, the visiting nurse for New Parent Support says the Family Fitness Center and the "Let's Roll" class eliminates frustration for mom's who want to work out, but didn't think they could bring their little ones. Get your family on the road to interactive fitness today! For more information on the Family Fitness Center Call 624-4018 or 624-4483.


Midtown Movie Theaters Schedule &  Descriptions

Friday, 25 JAN 13 *Breakfast: Rolled Oats, Sausage Patties, Oven Fried Bacon, Asstd Omelets, Eggs to Order, Roasted Potatoes, Waffles, Asstd Doughnuts, Apple Fritters. *Lunch: New England Clam Chowder, Lemon Baked Fish, Steamed Rice, Grilled Pork Chop w/ Mushroom Gravy, Garlic Roast Potatoes, Asparagus, Creole Green Beans, Sugar Cookies, Cheese Cake, Vanilla Cream Pudding. *Speed line: Grilled Hamburger/Cheeseburger, French Fries, Baked Beans. *Dinner: Vegetable Supreme Soup, Teriyaki Chicken, Baked Tuna Noodles, Fried Rice, Spinach, Oriental Stir Fry, Sugar Cookies, Cheesecake, Vanilla Cream Pudding.

Tuesday, 29 JAN 13 *Breakfast: Farina, Oven Fried Bacon, Baked Sausage Patties, Biscuits and Gravy, Asstd Omelets, Eggs to Order, Roasted Potatoes, Waffles, Asstd Doughnuts, Butterfly Rolls. *Speed line: Italian Sausage W/ Pepper & Onion, Oven Fried Potatoes *Lunch: Chicken Rice Soup, Chicken Adobo, Beef Pot Pie, Steamed Rice, Cut Green Beans, Steamed Carrots, Fruit Cocktail Upside Down Cake, Chocolate Chip Cookies. *Dinner: Onion Soup, Lasagna, Cream Style Corn, Baked Chicken, Baked Hubbard Squash, Fruit Cocktail Upside Down Cake, Chocolate Chip Cookies.

Wednesday, January 30 5:00 PM 5:30 PM 7:30 PM 8:00 PM

This is 40 Parental Guidance The Hobbit Guilt Trip

Thursday, January 31

Saturday, 26 JAN 13 *Breakfast: Farina, Grilled Ham Slices, Oven Fried Bacon, Asstd Omelets, Eggs to Order, Roasted Potatoes, French Toast, Asstd Doughnuts, Butterhorns. *Brunch: Breakfast Items, Cream of Mushroom Soup, Roast Turkey, Steamed Rice, Roasted Potatoes, Steamed Broccoli, Glazed Carrots, Almond Cookies, Blueberry Pie. *Dinner: Broccoli Soup, Spaghetti Carbonara, Baked Fish Portion, Steamed Rice, Peas, Corn Whole Kernel, Almond Cookies, Blueberry Pie.

Wednesday, 30 JAN 13 *Breakfast: Rolled Oats, Creamed Ground Beef, Oven Fried Bacon, Asstd Omelets, Eggs to Order, Roasted Potatoes, Blueberry Pancakes, Asstd Doughnuts, Danish Diamonds. *Lunch: Mulligatawny Soup, Roast Pork Tenderloin, Chicken Patties Parmesan, Steamed Rice, Mashed Potatoes, Chicken Gravy, Peas & Carrots, Steamed Cauliflower, Sweet Potato Pie, Shortbread Cookies, Peach Gelatin. *Speed line: Grilled Cheese/Hamburger, Baked Beans, French Fried Potatoes. *Dinner: Chicken noodles soup, Fish Breaded, Steamed Rice, Pasta Siciliana, Lima Beans, Vegetable Stir Fry, Sweet Potato Pie, Shortbread Cookies.

Sunday, 27 JAN 13 *Breakfast: Rolled Oats, Grilled Minute Steak, Oven Fried Bacon, Asstd Omelets, Eggs to Order, Roasted Potatoes, Waffles, Asstd Doughnuts, Kolaches. *Brunch: Breakfast Items, Bean & Bacon Soup, Oven Fried Chicken Nuggets, Steamed Rice, Steamed Brussels Sprouts, Squash, Hermits, Velvet Pound Cake. *Dinner: Pepper Pot Soup, Veal Parmesan, Rice Pilaf, Cauliflower Polonaise, Penne Alfredo , Seasoned Succotash, Garlic Bread, Hermits, Velvet Pound Cake.

Thursday, 31 JAN 13 *Breakfast: Hominy Grits, Corned Beef Hash, Oven Fried Bacon, Asstd Omelets, Eggs to Order, Roasted Potatoes, French Toast, Asstd Doughnuts, Pineapple Carrot Muffin. *Lunch: Corn Chowder Soup, Baked Chicken, Meatloaf, Orange Rice, Mashed Potatoes, Steamed Asparagus, Summer Squash, Devils Food Cake, Fruit Nut Bar. *Speed line: Chili Dog, Onion Rings. *Dinner: Beef Noodle Soup, Chicken Parmesan, Farfalle Alfredo, Steamed Rice, Steamed Broccoli, Seasoned Carrots, Devils Food Cake, Fruit Nut Bar.

Friday, January 25 – No School

Monday, 28 JAN 13 *Breakfast: Hominy Grits, Minced Beef w/ Toast, Oven Fried Bacon, Asstd Omelets, Eggs to Order, Roasted Potatoes, French Toast, Asstd Doughnuts, Butterfly Rolls. *Lunch: Cream of potato Soup, Turkey Pot Pie, Yankee Pot Roast, Tossed Green Rice, Parsley Buttered Potatoes, Calico Cabbage, Sprouts Superba, Almond Cake, Peach Crunch, Butterscotch Pudding. *Speed line: Pizza. *Dinner: Beef Noodle Soup, Spaghetti Meat Sauce, Brown Rice, Chicken Patties, Collard Greens, Lyonnaise Green Beans, Almond Cake, Peach Crunch, Butterscotch Pudding.

Friday, 01 FEB 13 *Breakfast: Rolled Oats, Grilled Sausage Patties, Oven Fried Bacon, Asstd Omelets, Eggs to Order, Roasted Potatoes, Waffles, Asstd Doughnuts, Apple Fritters. *Lunch: New England Clam Chowder, Baked Fish w/cherry tomatoes, Pork Chop w/mushroom sauce, Mushroom Gravy, Steamed Rice, Roasted Garlic Potatoes, Steamed Asparagus, Cauliflower, Lemon Cookies, Cheese Cake, Chocolate Cream Pudding. *Speed line: Grilled Cheese/Hamburger, Baked Beans, French Fried Potatoes. *Dinner: Cream Of Mushroom Soup, Cantonese Spareribs, Baked Tuna Noodles, Rice Pilaf, Steamed Whole Corn, Seasoned Spinach, Lemon Cookies, Cheese Cake, Chocolate Cream Pudding.

Saturday, January 26

5:00 PM 5:30 PM 7:30 PM 8:00 PM

Monsters Inc. 3D Playing For Keeps This is 40 Gangster Squad

Friday, February 1 2:00 PM Cirque Du Soleil 3D 5:00 PM Guilt Trip 5:30 PM Red Dawn 7:30 PM This is 40 8:00 PM Gangster Squad 2:00 PM 2:30 PM 4:30 PM 5:00 PM 7:30 PM

Cirque Du Soleil 3D Guilt Trip Parental Guidance This is 40 The Hobbit 3D

Sunday, January 27 2:00 PM 2:30 PM 4:30 PM 5:00 PM 7:30 PM

Monsters Inc. 3D Cirque Du Soleil 3D The Hobbit 3D Parental Guidance Killing Them Softly

Tuesday, January 29 5:00 PM 5:30 PM 7:30 PM 8:00 PM

Guilt Trip Red Dawn Gangster Squad Killing Them Softly

PG PG-13 PG-13 R R PG PG-13 PG R PG-13 G PG PG-13 PG R PG-13 PG-13 R R

5:00 PM 5:30 PM 7:30 PM 8:00 PM

Silver Linings Playbook Parental Guidance Jack Reacher Django Unchained

Saturday, Febraury 2

2:00 PM 2:30 PM 4:30 PM 5:00 PM 7:30 PM

The Hobbit 3D Cirque Du Soliel Guilt Trip Monsters Inc. 3D Django Unchained

R PG PG-13 PG-13 G PG-13 R R R PG PG-13 R PG-13 PG PG-13 G R

Movie Premiere Same Day Release Free Movie Last Show


Not Fade Away, Texas Chainsaw 3D, A Haunted House, Broken City, The Last Stand, Mama, Hansel & Gretel: The Witch Hunters, Movie 43, Parker


STARRING: Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz and Leonardo DiCaprio With the help of a German bounty hunter, a freed slave sets out to rescue his wife from a brutal Mississippi plantation owner (165 m.)


STARRING: Barbra Streisand, Seth Rogen and Julene Renee-Preciado As inventor Andy Brewster is about to embark on the road trip of a lifetime, a quick stop at his mom's house turns into an unexpected cross-country voyage with her along for the ride. (95 m.)


STARRING: Billy Crystal, Bette Midler and Marisa Tomei Artie and Diane agree to look after their three grandkids when their type-A parents need to leave town for work. Problems arise when the kids' 21stcentury behaviors collide with Artie and Diane's old-school ways. (104 m.)


STARRING: Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence and Robert De Niro After a stint in a mental institution, former teacher Pat Solitano moves back in with his parents and tries to reconcile with his ex-wife. Things get more challenging when Pat meets Tiffany, a mysterious girl with problems of her own (122 m.)

Movie schedule is subject to change. Please call to confirm. Movie Hotline: 624-4248

GAME ZONE Movies: Musicals

Find and circle all of the movie musicals that are hidden in the grid. The remaining letters spell the title of an additional movie musical.



DID YOU KNOW? • Because of the unusual shape of its legs and its bulky tail a kangaroo can't walk or move backwards very easily. • Average number of people airborne over the U.S. any given hour: 61,000. • Drivers tend to drive faster when other cars are around. It doesn't matter whether they are in front, behind or beside them.

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DID YOU KNOW? • Dr. Seuss pronounced "Seuss" such that it rhymed with "rejoice." • Carnivorous animals will not eat another animal that has been hit by a lightning strike.

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NOTICE TO THE PUBLIC IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT YOUR DRINKING WATER PRELIMINARY SAMPLE RESULTS FOR BUILDING 318 (NAS 1) INDICATE BROMATE ABOVE DRINKING WATER STANDARDS AUTOMOBILES AUTOMATIC 2000 Audi A6 4-door Diesel. NEW engine: turbo, fuel pump, timing belt, A/C, radiator, fan, water pump, hoses, brakes, CV boots. Good tires. New oil/filters. Runs strong. 120K miles. $6,500 OBO. Call Bryan 335-702-3265. 2008 Jeep Wrangler X Sport 2 door hard top(3pc freedom top), excellent condition. Asking $19,500. New custom wheels and tires. 46k miles, 3.8 v-6, 6 speed M/T, AC, CD player, KC light package wd, 4 wheel anti-lock brakes, skid control. Call Ron at 335-30-5033. 2000 Opel Vectra 1.8; 5-speed; 4door; silver; good condition, clean,

runs great; new tires, brakes, timing belt; tune up in September. $1500. Available second week of Feb. Call Mike 3357124697 or 624-2116. ‘99 BMW 520i , 172K km, AC/ Heat, Cplayer, radio, ABS, airbags, manual trans in good condition. Asking $4,500, OBO. Call 342182-7027. 2001 BMW 320Td; 2-door; 5-speed manual; metallic blue; new brakes; new tires; CD player; great fuel mileage; looks and runs great. 3,800 euro. Call Adam at 340-822-1991 for more information and/or a test drive.

NOTICE Divorce rates are high in January. If you are thinking of calling it quits after the holidays, talk it over with

the counselors at the Fleet and Family Support Center (FFSC) before you file. We want to help! Call 624-4291.

SAWS ANIMALS Malibu, 8 month old female kitten, black and white, petite. She needs a patient family preferable with another friendly cat, current on shots, and microchipped. Luigi, 7 month old male dog, brown, medium-sized; loves other dogs, people, and children; current on shots, neutered, and microchipped. Mini, 2 year old female dog; tan, medium-sized; does better with older children and older bigger dogs; current on shots and microchipped.

Eliot & Owl, 5 month old kittens; black, small; Ellie is a female and Owl is a male; very sweet but can be shy at first; would do best with older children and prefers to stay together (but it isn't necessary); current on shots; microchipped; Owl is neutered. Fideo, 8 month old, male, puppy, medium, black and brown, Fideo is a fun loving puppy that would do best in a home with an active family or with children and other pets, current on shots, microchipped.

PAID AD Sofy braids Braids, cornrows–weaves and many more. For appointments: 329-036-6296.

The appearance of advertising in this newspaper, including inserts of supplements, does not constitute endorsement by the Department of Defense, the Navy (or Marine Corps), (name of command) or (name of publisher) of the products and services advertised. “Everything advertised in this newspaper shall be made available for purchase, use or patronage without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, marital status, physical handicap, political affiliation or any other non-merit factor of the purchaser, user, or patron. If a violation or rejection of this equal opportunity policy by an advertiser is confirmed, the publisher shall refuse to print advertising from that source until the violation is corrected. Published by Stampa, a private firm in no way connected with DoD, the U.S. Navy (or Marine Corps), under exclusive contract with the U.S. Navy (or Marine Corps).

We continue to routinely monitor our water systems for the presence of contaminants. The most recent sampling of eight sites on Naval Air Station (NAS) I, NAS II, at Marinai and NRTF Niscemi was conducted on December 17, 2012. The preliminary results were received on January 15, 2013. Preliminary testing of one sample taken from the NAS I water system at Building 318 shows bromate at 11 micrograms per liter, slightly above the level allowed by both Italian legislation and the DoD Final Governing Standards (FGS) for Italy, which is 10 micrograms per liter (parts per billion). This is known as the maximum contaminant level (MCL). Bromate was below the MCL in preliminary testing of all other samples collected.

What is being done?

Final test results for NAS I Building 318 may or may not actually exceed the MCL; however, we are taking the following steps now: • Notifying the Sigonella Community • Re-analyzing our water treatment chemicals to ensure their safety • Ensuring procedures for water treatment are followed in accordance with all guidance • Flushing the water distribution system in Building 318 Our goal is to ensure bromate levels remain below the MCL. As additional information becomes available, updates will be provided via All-Hands messages, Facebook updates, the base newspaper and other media.

What does this mean?

Bromate at the levels measured in the drinking water does not cause any symptoms; however, bromate is classified by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as a probable human carcinogen. Some people who ingest bromate at levels above the MCL for an extended period of time (daily consumption of two quarts of affected water over the course of a lifetime) may have an increased risk of developing cancer.

What should I do?

The levels of bromate found in the preliminary results at NAS I do not pose a short term health risk. At this time, you can continue drinking the water. If the situation changes, you will be notified immediately. Of note, filtration systems will not remove bromate from the water. If you have specific health concerns, you should consult your doctor or the U.S. Naval Hospital Sigonella Medical Home Port at +39-335-578-8077. Please share this information with all other people who drink this water, especially those who may not have received this notice directly.

For more information please contact: Mr. Justin Lancaster Installation Environmental Program Director DSN 624-2725 Violation Awareness Date: January 15, 2013 Date Notice Distributed: January 16, 2013 Public Notification Certification: This public notification has been provided to our community in accordance with all delivery, content, format, and deadline requirements per DoD FGS for Italy and OPNAVINST 5090 series.

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January 25, "The Signature"  

In this week’s issue of “The Signature,” we dive with U.S. Navy FES Sigonella for a Confined Space Rescue Course, take a look at what Club B...

January 25, "The Signature"  

In this week’s issue of “The Signature,” we dive with U.S. Navy FES Sigonella for a Confined Space Rescue Course, take a look at what Club B...